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Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative

A partnership with The Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative supports community-led projects that grow food justice.

About the Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative

Philadelphia has tremendous food assets and opportunities for individual and collective action. We know that food justice is health justice.

The Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative (PFJI) empowers communities to exercise their right to grow, sell and eat healthy food. PFJI is a partnership of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP) and Reinvestment Fund.

Historically, the food system has displaced, enslaved, and undervalued the labor, land rights, and self-determination of Black and Brown individuals, women, immigrants, and indigenous people. In Philadelphia today, low income communities and communities of color still have fewer fresh food choices.

PFJI supports community-driven solutions in areas where access to healthier food is needed the most. PFJI is informed by health justice, the collective movement to heal society and remove barriers that prevent individual and community well-being.

Philadelphia has tremendous food assets and opportunities for individual and collective action. PFJI strengthens these assets by providing funding for innovative, community-led projects that work to further food justice. PFJI prioritizes projects led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants and people living with disabilities, and those with lived experience with health injustice. PFJI supports projects that offer fair compensation to staff and partners.


Our Impact

Since its launch in 2019, the initiative has awarded nearly $2 million in grants to advance community-driven solutions to historic food injustice. To date, 27 organizations have been awarded PFJI grants. Twenty-five are Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) owned or led and 18 are owned or led by women. Grant awards have ranged from $4,000 to $100,000. 

To learn more about PFJI prior grant recipients, view the following reports:


Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative (PFJI) 2023 Grant Program Information Sheet: Application Summary

About Health Justice: Food Fit Philly

Good Eats Report (2019)

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